Craig's Report - January 09, 2008
There are days when the snow is grippy, the moguls are rounded and there is just a whiff of crud about the off piste stuff, when I can just about convince myself that packed snow skiing can be superior to the loose stuff. This wasn't one of those days, but rather one that shows just how misguided such thoughts are. The powder today averaged about knee deep, with some mid thigh pockets, and was effortlessly light without being insubstantial. Smooth, silky and whispering, it satisfied in a way no packed surface ever could. Returning to packed snow was like leaving the caresses of your French mistress for the sweaty embrace of a Texas car dealer, or at least so I imagine.
The hill reported 30 cms of snow in the last 24 hours, much on terrain that was closed yesterday, but open today. Indeed almost all of the hill was open, with the exception of the Cedar high traverse, the Saddles, Knot Chutes and the fan under the Hell's gate cliffs in Siberia Bowl and perhaps some I didn't notice. Even Snake was open, although with the Cedar Traverse closed, getting there took some effort, which was well rewarded.
An excellent day to be sure, but it now seems we are suffering from superlative fatigue and perhaps should have more parsimonious about using words like 'excellent' and 'superb' on lesser, but still very good days. Ah, it is all good.
At 15:30 it is -4 at the house and the next round of snow seems to have started.